This will be my first visit to Arizona, and I'm planning on flying into Phoenix and staying in Sedona. I'd also like to see some of the Grand Canyon. I'm an intermediate-level hiker and want to do some hiking while I'm out there; however, being alone and only intermediate level, I'm not sure where I should look to hike.
Also, can anyone recommend good places to stay that are within walking distance to the downtown?
Are there any hiking trails that are within walking distance of affordable (i.e., not luxurious!) hotels in Sedona? Just wondering how much I'll need a car in Sedona, though obviously I'll need it to get to Sedona from Phoenix, and also from Sedona to Grand Canyon.
And finally, is the Grand Canyon a day-trip, or should I try to stay there overnight at least one night?
Thanks for any and all recommendations and assistance! :-)